Starring: Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly
Dunn, Raul Castillo, Roby
Rikoon, Jeb Pearson, Brendan
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Aaron Katz
Executive Producer: Jack Turner
Producer: Lars Knudsen, Brendan
McFadden, Ben Stambler, Jay
Writer: Aaron Katz, Brendan McFadden,
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With no plans to pursue a career in forensics, Doug is happy working at an ice factory. That is, until his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, goes missing, and Doug must utilize his skills to uncover the mystery of her disappearance.
As the movie unfolds, Doug discovers that Rachel is not really missing. She is hiding. When she came to town, she had a briefcase of money she was supposed to deliver to some shady characters, but the briefcase was stolen by a greedy, soft-core website photographer. Now, Rachel is hiding for her life, and Doug must help her retrieve the briefcase that was stolen.
COLD WEATHER is ridiculous. It is poorly made, poorly performed and poorly edited. The movie teases to be a mystery, and the plot points are aligned for Doug, in the spirit of his hero Sherlock Holmes, to track down the clues of Rachel's disappearance. A promising and intriguing premise, indeed. Suddenly, however, it switches gears and becomes a blackmail caper, but fails to hit any level of suspense or excitement.
The script to COLD WEATHER wanders around, never developing any sort of climax. There are several scenes that contain no dialogue for minutes at a time, but there is also no furthering of the storyline without dialogue either. Literally, there are scenes where two characters are sitting around eating sandwiches, driving around, even sitting on a couch, staring. These are rather pointless scenes, as though the writer/director did not have enough story to tell, so he simply let the camera run. To use an old cliché, there just simply wasn't enough meat on that bone.
Other than plenty of strong foul language and brief nudity involving the soft-core pornography website, the movie does not other major objectionable content, but neither does it contain any redemptive content. It simply sits there, pointless. Media-wise audiences will definitlely want to spend their time pursuing not only more worthwhile entertainment but also more interesting entertainment. They will want to give COLD WEATHER the cold shoulder.
COLD WEATHER is poorly made, poorly performed and poorly edited. The movie teases to be a mystery, but suddenly switches gears and becomes a blackmail caper. Throughout, however, it fails to hit any level of suspense or excitement. There are also to many pointless scenes with nothing really happening. Other than plenty of strong foul language, drunkenness and brief nudity, COLD WEATHER doesn’t contain much objectionable content. But, neither does it have any redemptive content. Media-wise viewers probably will want to give COLD WEATHER the cold shoulder.